Have you thought about what makes you successful in life? And also maybe what factors for success that are not so strong for you? I have spent a lot of time thinking about both these things. Like many of you, I have my strengths and weaknesses – and they are pretty obvious. I may do okay when it comes to creativity in work and thinking up ideas… but working with others is not my strong suit. I would not do well with office politics, and I’m probably not assertive enough for most corporate environments. Some people I know, on the other hand, are socially savvy. They may not be the most creative or hard working, but they make themselves indispensable with people skills.
I love the idea of figuring out the strengths that each of us have in life. I buy a lot into popular positive psychology and its idea of finding your own strengths to emphasize. Some of us may never be good at small talk or math or design – and that’s fine. Use what you’ve got, and you’ll get far. My latest quiz, How Will You Get to the Top?, is inspired by this idea. Let me know what you get, and what your strengths are.
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on How Will You Get to the Top? Is it true for you?
- What do you think is your strength in life? (This could be a career strength, a school strength, or any other sort of strength that makes you more effective.)
- What’s a strength that others have that you feel like you lack? Or that you’re at least not above average for? How do you compensate with other strengths?
- Take What Should You Work With? What do you think of your result?